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Understanding a child's behavioral style is a key ingredient to effective and respectful discipline. We'll discuss strategies such as preparing a sensitive child for a new experience or helping an intense child calm down. Join three temperament experts, Nurse Rona Renner, Mary Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child, and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles, and Stephanie Agnew, a parent education coordinator at Parent’s Place in San Mateo County.
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As California grapples with budget woes, valuable programs are in danger. What does this mean for our schools? What sort of solutions do we have to ensure a bright future? Join co-hosts Beth Samuelson, MA, founder of Student Organizational Services, and Rona Renner, RN, and a guest as they discuss the impact of a shattered economy on schools and how to make the best of an increasingly difficult situation for educators, parents and students: • Wilma Chan currently serves as vice president for...
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On average, preteens, ages 9 to 13, spend 1.5 to 2 hours on the Internet everyday. From television to text messaging to iPods to myspace, preteens today have a relationship with media and technology that affects their social and emotional lives. Guests: Rebecca Randall, Director of Outreach with Common Sense Media, and Larry Magid, KCBS Tech Analyst, creator of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and co-author of MySpace Unraveled: A Parent’s Guide to Teen Social Networking.
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Regular, sound sleep from infancy onward allows for the healthy development and overall well being of children. When babies and young children have trouble sleeping, the whole family is affected. Many tired parents are confused about how to help their child self-soothe and sleep soundly. Join Rona and guest, Karen Pollak, Perinatal Educator and founder of www.babies2sleep.com, and Noelle Corchran, PsyD, sleep specialist and co-founder of Symbio, as they offer ideas for understanding sleep...
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How are you managing financially? Despite news of recovery, things are still tough for many families, and a lot of people don't know how or where to find the help that is available. Join Nurse Rona and guests to learn about resources that will help families care for their children during difficult economic times: • Aimee Durfee is the vice president of community investment for the North Bay Region of the United Way of the Bay Area. • Sherry Tennyson, executive director of the American...
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Exposing young children to music and dance can help them learn to express themselves, communicate their feelings, interact with the world, and have fun. Guests: Asheba Wilson, musical storyteller, and Crystal Baik, co-coordinator of the Moving Parents and Children Together (MPACT) Program at Luna Kids Dance.
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Some children are strong willed and like things to go their way. For many families, this leads to seemingly endless negotiations, and sometimes tantrums, about everything from eating vegetables to brushing teeth. Guests: Noel Janis-Norton, learning and behavior specialist internationally known for her unique Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting methods (www.calmerparenting.com), and Mary Jayne Sims, PhD, with the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Oakland Children's Hospital.
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Did you know that you could get your children on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? Tune in as Rona and her guests discuss wonderful ways to help your child fall in love with learning. Guests: Janell Flores, Director of San Francisco's Raising a Reader program, and Hildegarde Ayer, Executive Director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center and co-author of the new book Every Child Ready to Read.
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Our kids grow up fast. Before you know it, they're dealing with all the challenges of early adolescence. Rona and guests Dr. Lisa Benton Hardy, Director of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland, Linda Perlstein, author of the best-selling book Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers, and Berkeley High School sophomore Daniel Badal talk about the transforming years from age 9 to 13.
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New parents experience a wide range of emotional, physical and chemical changes after the birth of their baby. Rona and her guests discuss how moms and dads can minimize the difficult parts of this transitional time. Guests: Shoshanna Bennett, PhD, President of Postpartum Health Alliance in California. Contact her at Postpartum Assistance for Mothers. Joanne Jasson, RN, Certified Lactation Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland.
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When babies and young children don't sleep, the whole family can struggle to get the rest they need. Guests: Dr. Jane Anderson, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF and General Pediatrician at UCSF Children's Hospital, and Suzy Giordano, author of The Baby Sleep Solution.
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Every parent contributes a set of beliefs and values to their child's life which may include cultural traditions and practices specific to their ethnic heritage. Parenting practices vary depending on the way parents themselves were raised. Guests: Dr. Marguerite Wright, senior clinical and research psychologist at the Center for the Vulnerable Child at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland and author of I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla, and Janet King, Project Director of the Urban...
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As a parent, you work hard to provide for your child's safe and healthy development. Whether you're facing the possible foreclosure of your house, or the mold in your rented home is aggravating your child's asthma, it's important to understand your family's legal rights. Guests: Paul Cohen, Esq., Executive Director of Legal Aid of Marin, and Maria Rivera, Esq., Immigration Lawyer.
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Good nutrition is an essential ingredient to a lifetime of good health. How can we teach healthy eating habits, and what can we do to ensure that our kids eat well at school and at home? Guests: Dr. Dan Delgado, Pediatrician and Director of the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center for Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, and Kelly Robinson, consultant for nutrition and healthy eating programs with Alameda County and California Nutrition Network.
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During the preteen years, ages 9 to 13, children experience many physical and emotional changes. These transitions can be difficult and can put kids at risk for emotional distress and problems with disordered eating or weight gain. Guests: Pamela Carlton, MD, physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and co-author of Take Charge of Your Child's Eating Disorder, and Katherine Watson, PsyD, clinical psychologist at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center.
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Earthquakes and other natural disasters usually occur without warning and can put your family at risk. Guests: Ana-Marie Jones, Executive Director of CARD: Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, and Peter Vaernet, RN, Child Care Health Consultant with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
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The loss of a parent in a child's life can affect every aspect of their experience of the world. How do children cope when a parent dies, and what can we do to support them and help them continue to grow and heal? Guests: Karen Flores, Mental Health Clinician with Kidango, and Linda Blachman, author of Another Morning: Voices of Truth and Hope from Mothers with Cancer.
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The transition between elementary and middle school can be hard for parents and kids: a new environment with multiple teachers, more school work, new friends and activities. Guests: Denise Pope, PhD, Founder and Director of SOS: Stressed Out Students at Stanford University and author of the book Doing School, and Shannon McFarland, Site Coordinator of The MYC (The Marin Youth Center).
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"Emotional health provides the foundation for success at school and in life. One of the most serious and under-recognized problems facing our nation is the failure to meet the emotional needs of our children." Dr. Gerald Newmark, PhD, author of How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children… And Parents Too! and Deborah Newmark, Executive Director of the Children's Project, and W. Robert Brunson, Unit Supervisor of Monterey County Children's...
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Children thrive when they are free to grow up in safe and enduring family environments. For many children, adoption makes this possible. But adopted children face particular challenges including feelings of abandonment, wondering about their biological family, and grappling with their identity. Join Rona and guest, Micky Duxbry, MFT, a therapist who specializes in adoption issues, and the author of "Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties Through Open Adoption," and Susan Ito,...
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Many women must earn a living to provide for their family, yet would like to be able to spend more time with their kids. Some women look forward to returning to work soon after their baby is born, while others choose to raise their children full time, yet struggle with the financial stress that choice can bring. Join Nurse Rona and guests, Kim Kruckel, an organizer for Parent Voices, and Nicola Reis Taggart, founder and president of True Insights Coaching, as we honor Mother's Day by discussing...
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Twitter, iPods, text messages, and YouTube are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new media that is becoming a fixture of our culture. Research is finding that today's fast-paced, media-driven life is altering the way young minds develop. What are some of the challenges and benefits of today's digital age? Co-hosts Beth Samuelson, of Student Organizational Services and Nurse Rona will be joined by Jason Brand, LCSW, founder of Positive Technology Relationships, to discuss cutting...
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Teaching children how to manage money is not only an important life skill, but can also be a great way to teach responsibility. Join Nurse Rona and guests Kathaleen Miller, branch manager for Bank of the West, and Kathryn Price, senior vice president of Junior Achievement of the Silicon Valley, as they suggest ideas to teach saving, spending, and being charitable.
There have been too many recent news stories of tragic suicides or beatings of youth who have also received taunting with a homophobic attitude. Everyone can do something to protect our children and work to stop bullying; all parents and teachers have this responsibility. Join us — let us know how you are working to raise compassionate and kind children, and what your personal experience has been like. Guest: — Amy Scharf, the national program director for GroundSpark's Respect for All...
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At present, there are more than 400,000 teen pregnancies in the United States each year. The overwhelming majority of these are unplanned and preventable. On average, children of teen mothers have lower performance in school and are more likely to become teen parents themselves. Comprehensive sex education, including both abstinence education and access to contraceptives, can reduce the number of unintended teen pregnancies. Join Nurse Rona and guests as they discuss how to talk to teens about...
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Being a parent often means romance takes a backseat to family needs. With busy work schedules and the responsibilities of running a household, couples can drift apart. Join Nurse Rona and guests as they discuss how to keep intimacy and romance alive during parenthood, and why keeping romance alive with your partner can benefit everyone in the family. • Steven Freemire, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist and has a private psychotherapy and life coaching practice in Berkeley and Walnut...
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Assistant Producer Felsha Zuschlag spoke with one of Childhood Matters' supporters, all the way from Germany, to hear their input about the changing role of fatherhood.
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Assistant Producer Felsha Zuschlag speaks with local residents of the Bay Area at the beautiful Lake Merritt about springtime allergies.
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Senior Producer Xan West speaks with a youth who did a program through LeapNOW.org
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Assistant Producer Anthony Georgetti interviews parents and caregivers about happiness.
Anthony Georgetti, Assistant Producer of Childhood Matters, interviews Dr. David Sobel about keeping kids healthy.
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Assistant Producer Anthony Georgetti compiles audio excerpts from the DVD "Postpartum Couples." To find out more go to www.postpartumcouples.com. This piece originally aired on the January 31, 2009 episode of Childhood Matters, "Postpartum Depression."
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Early last week, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her national public awareness campaign against childhood obesity. Over the last three decades, childhood obesity rates in the United States have tripled. Today, one-third of all American children are overweight or obese. This week, Dr. Lydia Tinajero-Deck, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland, gave Associate Producer Lacey Daniell some tips to keep your family healthy.
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Many people don't think of Marin County as a place that needs help with education. But look closely, and you will see that like much of the country, an achievement gap exists. Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Bettie Hodges, director of the Hannah Project in Marin City, about a Children's Defense Fund Freedom School (http://www.childrensdefense.org/helping-americas-children/cdf-freedom-schools-program) coming to Marin City this summer.
Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Dr. David Alexander, President and CEO at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health about what unique challenges face families with children with special health care needs. For more information on the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, visit http://www.lpfch.org/
Dr. David Alexander, president and CEO at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health on the unique challenges facing families with children with special health care needs. Lacey Daniell.
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Forget swine flu, there is a new health epidemic in California. Pertussis - better known as the whooping cough - has infected more than 900 people so far in 2010, four times as many as this time last year. Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Dr. Sumana Reddy, a family physician in Salinas, about reasons for the outbreak, and how to recognize the symptoms of pertussis. To learn more, check out this FAQ (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?entry_id=66574).
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ADHD affects an estimated three to five percent of children in the US. Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke with Laura Maloney, Program Director for Parents Education Network, about "Education Revolution 2010" - an event coming up this Saturday, April 17. To register for the event, visit http://www.parentseducationnetwork.org.
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Assistant Producer Anthony Georgetti interviews people on the street about the May 19, 2009 special election and Proposition 1D. This segment originally aired on the May 16, 2009 episode of Childhood Matters titled "The May 19 Special Election and Proposition 1D's Impact on Children and Families."
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Associate Producer Lacey Daniell spoke to Sana Chehimi, a Program Manager with Prevention Institute, a non-profit based in Oakland, about what the government is doing on the national and local level to encourage better nutrition and more exercise.
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Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Kimberly Johnson of Parent Services Project, on empowering parents and families to strengthen our community. • http://www.parentservices.org Challenges Facing Young Girls: • Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, author of The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today's Pressures. • http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0345503996/childhoodmatt-20/002-5059682-1403200 Stressed Out Students: •...
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Lacey Daniell, Associate Producer for Childhood Matters, interviews Joy Alexiou, public information officer for the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, about H1N1 prevention, vaccines, and what to do if you or your child gets sick.
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Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Julie Kurtz of Kidango, a non-profit agency providing a variety of services for children and families in Alameda, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. - http://www.kindango.org Using Dance to Unite the Community: • Julia Chigamba, Director of the Chinyakare Ensemble, on her decision to move from Zimbabwe to bring African dance and music to the United States. - http://www.chinyakare.com...
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Listen to assistant producer Felsha Zuschlag speak with parents about how they encourage the love of reading in their children.
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Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Sean Casey, Executive Director, First 5 Contra Costa on the Earn it, Keep it, Save it program. The Joys and Challenges of Pregnancy: • Barbara Dehn, NP, of Women Physicians OB/GYN Medical Group and a Women's Health Expert on NBC's iVillage. • Mothers to Be – Assistant Producer Anthony Georgetti interviews moms and moms-to-be about pregnancy. Support for Foster Children: • Sara Razavi,...
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Children with special physical, emotional or learning needs have an impact on everyone around them - at school, in the world and particularly within the family. Join guest host Mike Riera, headmaster of the Redwood Day School, and guests James Ricks, facilitator of father's groups for the Family Resource Network, and Katherine Cleberg of the Foster Family Network as they address this complex subject.
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How do you juggle your financial needs and still be available for your family? Rona and her guests learning coach and entrepreneur Claudia L'Amoreaux and Nicola Dones, program associate with the Labor Project for Working Families, discuss the rights of working parents as well as creative ways to earn money and stay connected with your kids.
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Why do teenagers use drugs and what can their parents do about it? Guests: Dr. Alex Stalcup, MD, Director of the New Leaf Treatment Center in Lafayette. Meredith Maran, author and journalist, and mother of two sons. Find resources at her web site.
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Every month of pregnancy brings new questions for both women and their partners. Join Rona and guests Trish Booth, author of Pregnancy Q&A, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Barbara Dehn as they answer some of yours.
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One in four kids lives in a family where someone abuses alcohol. How has your family been affected by substance abuse? Guests: Dr. Dan Katzenberg, a pediatric neurologist with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Rita Schank, Executive Director of Ujima Family Recovery Services.
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Most parents don't realize that they are the true experts when it comes to their kids. Rona and her guests Susan Isaacs Kohl, author of The Best Things Parents Do, and Johnny Symons, director of the documentary Daddy and Papa, discuss the ways parents love and encourage their children.
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What can parents do to help a child diagnosed with attention problems thrive in school and in life? Guests: Peter Jensen, M.D., Director of the Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health at Columbia University and author of Making the System Work for Your Child with ADHD, and Linda Lawton, educational therapist and certified parent trainer for CHADD: Children and Adults with ADHD.
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Understanding your own childhood can help you become a more connected parent. Guest: Joan Fisch, MSW, clinical social worker and Adjunct Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford Medical School.
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Getting ready in the morning, turning off the TV, starting at a new school, sitting down for dinner… are all everyday transitions. These can sometimes be difficult for you and your child. Guest: Dr. Ahsan Shaikh, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Interim Medical Director at Eastfield Ming Quong Children and Family Services.
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The Bay Area has so much to offer families, but the cost of living here is one of the highest in the country. What resources are available to families working hard to become financially self-sufficient and afford all they need to raise healthy, happy kids? Guests: Stephanie Upp, Vice President of EARN, and Lorne Needle, Vice President of Community Investment at the United Way of the Bay Area.
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During the preteen years (ages 9 to 13) a child's social world tends to take on new significance in their lives. As kids experience the physical and emotional changes of early adolescence, their friendships become increasingly important. Challenging relationships with friends and bullies, at school and online, can deeply impact a child's well-being. Guests: Dr. Tom Tarshis, MD, MPH, President and Medical Director of the Bay Area Children's Association, and Mandy Stracke, Lead Peer Advisory...
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Protecting Children from Lead Poisoning and Other Toxins October 22, 2006 Young children absorb proportionately more toxins than adults and their rapid development makes them more vulnerable to the negative health effects of lead and other environmental pollutants. Guests: Sharon Green, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and Asa Bradman, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for Children's Environmental Health Research at U.C. Berkeley's...
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So many good things are attributed to breastfeeding children, including reducing rates of certain diseases, leaner children, fewer allergies, bonding, and even saving money. But not all moms and babies take naturally to breastfeeding. Lactation, positioning, fatigue, and not enough post-partum help can cause moms to get discouraged. Join Rona and guests Mary Azah, IBCLC, a Public Health Nurse and Lactation Consultant for Black Infant Health of Santa Clara and Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC, a...
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There are many factors that contribute to the way we raise and interact with our children, including our cultural background and experience of the world. Guests: Alisi Fineasi, Ravenswood City School District Pacific Island Parent Specialist, and La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson, author, health educator, and CEO of BARUTI Enterprises.
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Parents and caregivers of children with special needs face unique emotional and practical challenges every day. Guest host James Ricks is the facilitator of a father's support group at the Family Resource Network of Alameda County. Dr. Lucia Milburn, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at Oakland Childrens Hospital's Parent Infant Program.
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In a divorce, figuring out who will have custody of any children is a deeply emotional issue for parents. Guests: Judge Dolores Carr, Supervising Judge at the Family Division in the Santa Clara County Court System. Steve Baron, MA, Director of Family Court Services for Santa Clara County Family Court.
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Youth Radio's Orlando Campbell reflects on becoming a father and the birth of his son. This piece was originally aired on KQED-FM for their "Perspectives" segment.
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Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Molly Fezell of First 5 Santa Clara on the Soda Free Summer campaign. - http://www.first5kids.org/ - http://www.sodafreesummer.org Oral Health Services: • Darryl Nguyen, Program Director for The Health Trust's Wellness Access and Education. - http://www.healthtrust.org/services/wae.php Preschool in California: • Lynn Karoly, Senior Economist with the RAND Corporation, on the latest early...
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Assistant Producer Felsha Zuschlag speaks with Carrie, who was previously homeless and with the help of 'Homless Prenatal' had turned her life around.
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Nurse Rona's Community Forum airs Sundays from 6 to 6:30 AM on 98.1 KISS-FM. Take Five for First 5 with Mark Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of First 5 Alameda County, on investing in the future of our children. 2009 California Report Card: Setting the Agenda for Children: • Wilma Chan, Vice President of Policy at Children Now and former Majority Leader of the California State Assembly. (To view the full report card, click here [http://www.childrennow.org/publications/report_card.html])...
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It can seem like there are an infinite number of decisions to make when you are pregnant. Indeed, every week or two there are new questions and concerns. Prenatal care is essential for all pregnant women and can make a big difference in the health of a newborn child. Join Nurse Rona and a guest as they offer suggestions for a healthy pregnancy. Guest: Barbara Dehn, NP, of Women Physicians OB/GYN Medical Group and a Women's Health Expert on NBC's iVillage.
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Recently Oakland has been in the news pertaining to four eruptions of civil disobedience over the past two years, much of which involved youth. Yet little news coverage has reflected on the root causes of widespread inner-city anger in underserved communities. Join Nurse Rona guests for a discussion about bringing peace and hope to our communities and creating economic opportunities and youth leadership: • Maya Dillard Smith, strategic partnerships and investments director for Youth Uprising....
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If your child goes out trick-or-treating how much candy do you let them eat? At what age can they go by themselves? Do you allow your kids to sleep over at a friend’s house? If so, what questions do you ask ahead of time? From babysitters to relatives and neighbors, we often have other people care for our kids. Join Nurse Rona and guests to talk about how to maximize your child’s safety and good health. • Dr. Peggy Desler, MD, is a physician in the Department of Pediatrics and the chief...
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There is an undeniable bond that can develop between fathers and sons. Fathers are the first role models most boys have for developing their identities as men. Join us for Father’s Day as Nurse Rona and guests discuss the relationship between fathers and sons: • Dr. Will Courtenay, “The Men’s Doc.” • Paul Kivel, author of Boys Will Be Men.
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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides one-on-one court advocates to abused, neglected, or abandoned children who are dependents of the juvenile court. Guests: Jarrell L. Brown is Director of Recruitment and Training for CASA of Contra Costa County. David Buseck has been a volunteer with Child Advocates of Santa Clara and San Mateo County since May, 1998.
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Getting good pre-natal care is a great start to raising your child. Guest: Barbara Dehn, NP, has been a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner for more than 16 years.
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This show is the second in a six-part series called Your Teen Matters: A Series on Navigating the Middle and High School Years. You may remember that being a teenager isn't always easy. How can you help your teen manage academic and emotional stress? Join co-hosts Beth Samuelson, MA, director of Student Organizational Services and Nurse Rona Renner, RN, will be joined by guests Dr. Michael Tompkins, PhD, co-author of My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic, and Alex...
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Families are diverse and our children thrive when that diversity is understood and reflected in school settings and in the greater community. What can parents and providers do to help children understand and feel comfortable with differences in family settings. Guests: Judy Appel, Executive Director of Our Family Coalition, and Barry Chersky, Community and Parent Advocate for Workplace and Educational Issues.